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The Oil + Water Project, a traveling alternative-energy tour featuring world class kayakers Seth Warren and Tyler Bradt, comes to Durango. The event includes a biofuels vehicle demonstration in the Pedal the Peaks parking lot from 5-7 p.m. and a slide show and presentation at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, at 7 p.m.

Durango Motorless Transit sponsors a group trail run for all levels on the Haflin Creek Trail. Interested runners should meet at the trailhead on County Road 250 at 6 p.m. 382-8005 for details.

Ultimate Frisbee takes place at the Miller Middle School football field at 6 p.m. 375-7313 for details.

James O. Patterson, rambling songsmith, and special guest Tom Murray play a 7 p.m. show at the Carver Brewing Co., 1022 Main Ave. 259-2545 for details.

The Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., offers All Request Night from 7-10 p.m. 375-2568 for details.

Hari Parkash performs Odissi Classical Dance at 7:30 p.m. at Blue Lake Ranch, 1600 U.S. Hwy. 140 near Hesperus. 375-7902 for details.

Dave Mensch, Steve Dejka, and Mike Kornelson of Formula 151 play original acoustic rock at 7:30 p.m. at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. Lisa Blue and Brant Leeper play jazz at 7:30 p.m. in the Sidecar Jazz Lounge. 259-1400 for details.

Durango Joe’s, 732 E. College, presents Open Mic Night from 8:30-11 p.m. Sign-ups for music and poetry begin at 8:30 p.m. 375-2121 for details.

The Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., hosts Summer Lovin’, a 1950s-style fund-raiser for the United Way, at 7 p.m. Vic spins spins a club mix for Service Industry Night at 8 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

DJ Madden spins 1980s music for Pint Night at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 259-9200 for details.


The Southwest Colorado Peace and Justice Coalition holds a peace vigil from 5 to 6 p.m. at the corner of Main Ave. and 11th St. Signs available or bring your own. 259-4185 for details.

San Juan Citizen’s Alliance, 1022 ½ Main Ave., hosts Business After Hours from 5-7 p.m. The evening includes taco and ice cream bars, beer from Carvers and music from Lisa and the Groovers. 247-0312 for details.

Singer-songwriter Terry Rickard plays at Serious Texas Bar-B-Q South, 650 S. Camino del Rio, from 5-9 p.m. 259-9507 for details.

Rudy Boy plays rock, blues and Latin at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., with shows at 5:30 & 8:30 p.m. at 8 p.m. JoJo and the Hoods perform in the Sidecar Jazz Lounge. 259-1400 for details.

Pete Giuliani brings his guitar and voice to Parkside Pizza, located in Bayfield, from 6-9 p.m.

Gary Walker plays favorite jazz standards at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

Slim McWilliams performs cowboy songs and stories at 7 p.m. at the Mancos State Park Amphitheater. 533-7065 for details.

Jeff Strahan performs his Texas Blues at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. The evening includes dance lessons from 7-9 p.m. 375-2568 for details.

Jennifer Terran, a piano player and vocalist who has received accolades from Rolling Stone, plays a 7:30 p.m. show at the Eagle Sound Recording Studio, located on Goeglein Gulch Rd. 946-2295 for details.

The Magpies play electric bluegrass at the Columbine Bar in Mancos at 8 p.m. 375-2568 for details.

The 8th Avenue Trio performs at the 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., at 9 p.m. 259-8801 for details.

DJ Mowgli spins a club mix at The Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

Wild Country brings its country dance to the Billy Goat Saloon, located on U.S. Highway 160 in Gem Village, at 9 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

DJ Elbeau spins chilled house music at the Jean Pierre Wine Bar, 601 Main Ave., from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 708-2270 for details.

The Frank Trio brings its ambient jazz, triphop and funk back to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 10 p.m. for the band’s final Durango performance. 247-2324 for details.


A garage sale fund-raiser benefiting the Durango Fury Women’s Hockey Team takes place from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. at 700 E. 32nd St. The sales includes clothes, furniture, sporting goods, books and more as well as coffee and baked goods.

The Durango Farmers Market meets in the First National Bank of Durango parking lot, 259 W. Ninth St., from 8 a.m.-noon. Singer-songwriter Pete Giuliani performs throughout the morning. for details.

Formula 151 plays original acoustic rock from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Trimble Hot Springs for the 99.7 The Point Listener Appreciation Party. 247-0111 for details.

Lakshmi Van Atta leads a free evening of Kirtan, Eastern Indian devotional singing, at 5:30 p.m. in the Blue Heron Yoga Studio in the Smiley Building, 1309 E. Third Ave. 259-2110 for details.

The 7th Annual Will Fjerstad Memorial Wine and Art Festival, including a grand wine tasting, fine art show, foods, music from the local band, Freeplay, and a grape stomping contest, takes place at 6 p.m. at the Silverpick Lodge. The event is a benefit for the Columbine Children’s Fund. 259-6600 for details.

Dave Mensch and Katherine Tischhauser, of Formula 151, play a cello/guitar duet at the West Side Tavern, 117 W. College Dr., from 6-9 p.m. 247-9151 for details.

Jeff Sweet plays favorite jazz standards at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

The first Mancos Contra Dance takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the Mancos Opera House and includes music from the Kitchen Jam Band. 565-3294 for details.

Mark Montgomery presents his black & white, hand-colored photography at 7:30 p.m. at the Mancos State Park Amphitheater. 533-7065 for details.

Rudy Boy plays a second night at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. at 8 p.m. at 8 p.m. Staboola McPet plays downstairs in the Sidecar Jazz Lounge at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., hosts BLU Friday with mellow, keyboard trance from LINK from 8:30-11:30 p.m.  259-9200 for details.

The Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., spins a club mix beginning at 9 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

Jeff Strahan, joined by the Skeeters, plays at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., at 9 p.m. 375-2568 for details.


The San Juan Mountains Association presents “Hike, Lunch and Wine with a Llama,” an interpretive hike with a llama carrying lunch and wine for a midday picnic, at 9:30 a.m. at Durango Mountain Resort. 385-1256 to register.

The Four Corners Rose Society meets at 1 p.m. at the home at 45 Eagle Ridge Road and the public is welcome. Following a potluck lunch, plans for the Sept. 9 rose show will be finalized. 247-0813 for details.

Singer-songwriter Joel Racheff plays from 7-11 p.m. at The Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave. 

Legendary singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson plays a sold-out show at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College at 8 p.m.


Trails 2000 seeks volunteers to conduct trail work in Horse Gulch from 4-7 p.m. Volunteers should meet at the Horse Gulch trailhead at the corner of E. 8th Ave. and Third St. Visit for details or to sign up for the trailwork e-list.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, hosts the Women’s Resource Center’s Chick Flick Night and screens “Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing & Charm School.” Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for socializing, a free slice of pizza and drink specials. 247-1242 for details.

The Asa Fire Tribe gives a fire-dancing performance at Trimble Hot Springs beginning at dusk. 247-0111 for details.

Singer-songwriter Terry Rickard plays El Patio, 600 Main Ave., beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The Four Corners Gem and Mineral Club presents the free workshop, Stone Carving with Everyday Tools, at 7 p.m. at the clubhouse, 2350 Main Ave. The event includes refreshments and a door prize drawing.

Singer songwriter Tim Guidotti plays from 7-11 p.m. at The Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave. 

An open-level Latin/Salsa Dance Party takes place at 8 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave. No partner necessary. 903-9402 for details.


The Jeff Solon Jazz Group performs on the patio at the Cyprus Café, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 385-6884 for details.

Ultimate Frisbee takes place at Miller Middle School football field at 6 p.m. 375-7313 for details.

Singer-songwriter Joel Racheff plays a 6 p.m. show at El Patio, 600 Main Ave.

The Summit, 600 Main Ave., presents open mic night from 7 p.m.-midnight. 247-2324 for details.

Jazz singer Heather Sullivan plays at 7:30 p.m. in the Sidecar Jazz Lounge at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. 259-1400 for details.

Tuesday Trivia takes place at Lady Falconburgh’s, 640 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. 382-9664.


The first day of the 2006-07 school year begins for Durango School District 9-R students.

Singer songwriter Tim Guidotti plays at El Patio, 600 Main Ave., starting at 5 p.m.

The Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., hosts a Ladies Business Night Expo from 5:30-9 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

The Jeff Solon Jazz Group performs on the patio at the Cyprus Café, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 385-6884 for details.

Pete Giuliani takes his acoustic stew on the road with a 6-9 p.m. show at the Dolores River Brewery.  

An open-level Swing Dance Party takes place at 8 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center. No partner necessary. 903-9402 for details.

DeSol, a Latin rock band from Asbury Park, NJ, plays the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.



The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., “Image, Technique, Form” in the Barbara Conrad Gallery through Aug. 24. The features oils by Sharon Abshagen, photography from Claude Steelman, sculpture from Bryan Saren and the photography of Marv Poulson. DAC also presents the Red Cliff Artists in the Local Expression Gallery. Both shows will be on display through Aug. 26. DAC’s new “Paint Bar” is also open Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 259-2606 for details.

The annual Art Faculty Group Exhibition kicks off the exhibition year at the Fort Lewis College Art Gallery beginning on Aug. 21 and running through Sept. 13. The show includes recent explorations in various mediums and styles. This past year, the talented Fort Lewis College Art faculty exhibited nationally, received awards, and displayed recent works in private and museum collections.  A gallery reception will be held on Aug. 31. 247-7167 for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, begins screening “Kekexili: Mountain Patrol” on Aug. 18. The acclaimed film follows an effort to bring Tibetan antelope poachers to justice and was filmed on location in the Himalaya. The film show most nights at 3:30, 6:30 & 8:45 p.m. The Abbey is also showing the new edition of the “Spirit of the Southwest” nightly at 5:30 p.m. 385-1711 for details.

The Diamond Circle Melodrama, 699 Main Ave., presents “Rags to Riches,” a play where nefarious Charlie Montgomery has his eye on beautiful young Flossie, on odd dates. “Four-legged Fortune,” one of the first play’s in the theater’s history to center on a horse race, shows on even dates. Both plays show through Aug. 31, doors open at 7:30 p.m. and shows start at 8 p.m. nightly except Tuesdays. 247-3400 for details.

Free, guided naturalist hikes take place at Durango Mountain Resort from 10 a.m.-noon on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The hikes are sponsored by the San Juan Mountains Association, San Juan Public Lands and DMR and run through Sept. 2. 385-1210 for details.

The Adaptive Sports Association offers summer activities, including whitewater rafting, flatwater canoeing and kayaking, fishing and other activities for people with disabilities throughout the summer. Programs are open to all ages and disabilities, and friends and family are encouraged to participate. For more information or a list of activities, visit or call 259-0374.

Durango BMX hosts races every Sunday (weather permitting) with sign ups from 1 to 2 p.m., and gate practices take place every Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to dusk. Visit for details.  

The Center of Southwest Studies hosts the Mesa Verde Centennial exhibit featuring 11 sections on a variety of themes, including archaeology, rock art (with Hopi interpretation), fire, park ranger life, Navajo stone masonry, pottery (both ancient and contemporary) and tourism bring the story to life. The exhibit will run through late October. 247-7456 for details

The Children’s Museum, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts the dinosaur exhibit, “Now You’re in Their World.” There will be many hands-on activities, fine motor and gross motor fun, “Dinosaur Ridge” and extinction dioramas. Workshops are available anytime during museum hours and include dinosaur stuffed animals, dinosaur face masks and alphabet coloring dinosaurs. Through Aug. 31, the museum is holding a silent auction, including 14 different packages, to support an exhibit exchange. 259-9234 for details.

Johnny Maddox plays ragtime piano at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., nightly at 5:30 p.m. except on Sundays. The Blue Moon Ramblers play free bluegrass at the Diamond Belle on Sundays at 5:30 p.m. 375-7150 for details.



Fort Lewis College will conclude “Voices in American Drama,” its summer play festival on Aug. 24 with a celebration of the work of revered Western writer, Louis L’Amour.

Rail enthusiast Allan Lewis will sign and discuss his new book, Rails Around Durango, on Aug. 24 at Maria’s Bookshop.

Durango’s Critical Mass rides on Aug. 25 and meets at the corner of 5th St. and Main Ave.

The Women’s Resource Center’s “Run With Purpose” workshops continue on Aug. 25 with a presentation by physical therapist and professional athlete Ashlie Kinton.

The 4th Annual Durango MTB 100 Mountain Bike Race takes place in the backcountry surrounding Durango Mountain Resort on Aug. 26.

The Medicine Horse Center for Therapeutic Riding and Equine Rehabilitation will hold an Everything-Must-Go Benefit Yard Sale on Aug. 26 in Mancos.

The Latin dance band, Nosotros, returns to Durango on Aug. 26 for a CD release party at the Summit.

The annual Democratic Picnic takes place on Aug. 27 at the Isgar Ranch. Bill Ritter, the Democratic candidate for governor, will speak. 375-9959 for details.

Albino, an 11-piece afrobeat ensemble from the Bay Area, plays the Summit on Aug. 28.

An welcome back Fort Lewis College students event takes place on Aug. 29 along Main Ave.

The 11th annual Four Corners Folk Festival takes place on Sept. 1-3 on Reservoir Hill in Paqosa Springs.

Fold Roll Inc. brings the hip hop band, Living Legends, to the Abbey Theatre on Sept. 2.

Durango Nature Studies will offer its free volunteer naturalist training starting on Sept. 6. 382-9244 for details and to register.


Narrow Gaugers converge on Durango
What: The 26th National Narrow Gauge Convention
Where: All over the Durango area
When: Aug. 21-26

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad goes into the spotlight next week. On the eve of the train’s 125th anniversary, rail enthusiasts will gather all over Durango this weekend to celebrate the 26th National Narrow Gauge Convention.

The convention attracts “Narrow Gauge” enthusiasts, primarily modelers, from all across the country. Highlights of the Durango convention include a charter “double-header” photo train to Silverton, an evening BBQ Train to the Cascade Canyon, an exhibit trade show featuring over 60 vendors selling modeling supplies, books, and memorabilia at the La Plata County Fairgrounds, over 60 informative clinics at the DoubleTree Hotel, a model and photo contest held at the D&SNGRR Museum, western movies featuring narrow gauge railroads at the Abbey Theatre, home model layout tours and more. Conventioneers will also be able to visit special exhibits at the Animas Museum, Durango Power Plant (Durango Discovery Museum) and the Tacoma Power Plant. In conjunction with the event, rail enthusiast Allan Lewis will sing copies of his new book, Rails Around Durango, at 7 p.m. on Aug. 24 at Maria’s Bookshop.

The convention dates overlap the annual D&SNGRR Railfest, and  Locomotive #473 will be making another appearance with her “Bumblebee” paint scheme, Rio Grande Southern Galloping Goose Motor #5 will be taking Durango excursions, and the D&S will feature the return of the “Silver Vista” observation car.

For more information visit or call 385- 5256. 


Asleep at the Wheel at FLC
What: A show by the longstanding Texas Swing band
Where: The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College
When: Friday, Aug. 18. Doors open at 7 p.m.  

Western Swing isn’t dead, it’s just Asleep at the Wheel. Texas-based Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel will take the stage at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College this Friday.

Since the early ‘70s, Asleep at the Wheel has been credited as the most important force in sustaining the sound of Western swing. The band typically features between 8 and 11 musicians, but front man Ray Benson has held Asleep at the Wheel together.

Benson formed Asleep at the Wheel in Paw Paw, West Virginia in 1970 playing straight-ahead country. He soon shifted to Western Swing thanks to influences from Merle Haggard and Commander Cody, and moved the band’s base to Austin. The band’s name is derived from the expression “asleep at the wheel” referencing falling asleep while driving a vehicle – or someone who is blissfully unaware of a dangerous situation.

“Asleep at the Wheel is not just your typical dance band, it’s an institution,” said Gary Penington, concert hall managing director, noting that the dance floor will be open during the show. “This is what real Texas sounds like.”

Showtime is at 8 p.m., with doors to the Concert Hall and concessions, serving beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks, opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are available on the web at, by calling 247-7657 or by visiting the Ticketing Services Office at 7th and Main Ave. behind Magpies.



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